Subject Based Banding

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Subject Based Banding

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  • Every child is unique, with different aptitudes, capabilities and talents. Our schools believe in providing a balanced education that caters to childrens differing abilities and prepares them for life. In line with this philosophy, Subject-based Banding has been introduced to ensure that your childs interests and strengths are taken into consideration. Introduced as a refinement to the streaming process, Subject-based Banding aims to help every child realise his potential.

    What is Subject-based Banding?From 2008, Subject-based Banding has replaced the Merged and EM3 stream in Primary 5 and 6.Subject-based Banding means greater flexibility for your child by giving him the choice to take a combination of standard or foundation subjects, depending on his strengths. For example, if he is strong in English and Mother Tongue but very weak in Mathematics and Science, he may choose to take the first two subjects at the standard level and the others at the foundation level. This will help him focus and improve on the subjects that he is strong in

    while building up the fundamentals in the subjects that he is very weak in. Subject-based Banding thus encourages your child to stretch his potential in the areas he naturally excels in.

    Why introduce Subject-based Banding? To recognise the different abilities

    of pupils and give them greater flexibility to concentrate on the subjects they are good at.

    To encourage greater interaction among pupils with different strengths.

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    The information contained in this booklet is correct as of March 2013

    Subject-based Banding

    Catering to your childs abilities

  • If your child (for P4 exam) Your child may be recommended to takePasses all 4 subjects and performs very well in Mother Tongue Language

    4 standard subjects + Higher Mother Tongue Language

    Passes all 4 subjects 4 standard subjectsPasses 3 subjects 4 standard subjects

    Passes 2 subjects or less 4 standard subjects; or3 standard subjects + 1 other foundation subject; or2 standard subjects + 2 other foundation subjects; or1 standard subject + 3 other foundation subjects; or4 foundation subjects

    What are some choices available?

    How does Subject-based Banding work?

    Pupil who takes 1 or more foundation subject(s) and does very well in the subjects

    Pupil who takes 4 standard subjects and has difficulty coping

    All other pupils

    School may allow him to upgrade 1 or 2 subjects to standard level if school believes he can cope; or continue the same subject combination in P6.

    School may allow him to take 1 or more subjects at foundation level in P6.

    School will allow them to continue the same subject combination in P6.

    Pupil sits for school-based examinationsBased on pupils results, school recommends a subject combination.Parents fill up option form indicating their preferred combination.

    Pupil takes subject combination chosen by parents English, Math, Science and Mother Tongue are available at standard and foundation levels.Mother Tongue is also available at the higher level.

    Pupil takes subject combination decided by school

    Pupil sits for Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)

    Subject-based Banding and Secondary School admission. How are they related?Progression to secondary level depends on your childs PSLE score. The different expectations of standard and foundation subjects will be taken into account when your childs PSLE score is calculated. Previously, pupils from EM3 stream would mostly enter the Normal (Technical) course at secondary level. With Subject-based Banding, these pupils, if they have strengths in some areas, are able to offer at least one subject at the standard level. If they excel in these subjects, they will have the opportunity to pursue higher-level options at secondary school.

    Offering weaker subjects at the foundation level is not a disadvantage to your child. It enables him to focus on building up strong fundamentals in these subjects and better prepares him for progression to secondary school.

    We are always here to helpSchools will make recommendations on subject combinations, based on your childs needs and abilities. If you have any questions on Subject-based Banding, you should approach your childs school for help.

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